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A Real Sacrifice


And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”

—Luke 22:20


The Lord Jesus . . . speaks of His blood as the new covenant, or as constituting its fundamental condition. The sole ground upon which a covenant in any case is, or can be, constituted, is that of sacrifice; without which a sinner could not be allowed to stand in any friendly relation toward God. We find it was enough to institute a typical sacrifice for the temporary covenant, but the true sacrifice was indispensably necessary for the abiding covenant. At the founding of the two covenants, it appears that something similar took place; and we can easily gather from the peculiarities of the typical covenant, that the blood of Christ must be viewed in the same light and as serving the same purpose that the blood of bulls and goats subserved in the institution of the covenant at Sinai. The blood was not a mere martyr’s blood to confirm his testimony, but the blood of sacrifice. It does not merely seal Christ’s doctrine as true. There is no allusion, indeed, in these words of Christ either to His doctrine or to the sealing of His doctrine; for a covenant is not to be viewed as consisting in bare doctrine. Rather it is the founding or erection of a new relation between God and man; and in the present case it was a divine economy, order, or arrangement, by which, on the ground of Christ’s atoning blood, as shed for the remission of sins, God becomes our God, and we become His people.

—George Smeaton, Christ’s Doctrine of the Atonement (Banner of Truth, 2009), 214–215.

Posted 2018·05·22 by David Kjos
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